L.C. Song Hunt

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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by Steven » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:06 pm

Hi uncleerwinone,

Sweeping is mentioned in two songs: "You Have Loved Enough" and "The Stranger Song."
Are those the songs?
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by uncleerwinone » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:26 pm

Yes Steven,
sweeping is indeed an activity around the house but not the one I am after.
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Re: AW: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by Hartmut » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:52 am

I suspect one of the songs is 'A Street' ('You left me with the dishes / And a baby in the bath').
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Re: AW: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by Hartmut » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:55 am

And - though I'm not sure about this - maybe a little-known song called 'Hallelujah' ('She tied you to a kitchen chair / She broke your throne, and she cut your hair').
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by holydove » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:08 am

These 2 came to mind for me:

"remember me, I brought your groceries in. . ." - First We Take Manhattan

"I was pretty good at taking out the garbage. . " - Never Any Good
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by uncleerwinone » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:23 am

This is a start, Rachel. I hereby declare you half a winner with your first choice.The person in the other song is very neat.
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by B4real » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:41 am

Good morning Ruth, I haven’t looked anything up yet and am still half asleep :) but from your first and last clue maybe the second song you are wanting is Boogie Street.

I tidied up the kitchenette
~ Boogie Street

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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by uncleerwinone » Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:12 am

Yes Bev, you got it again with: "I tidied up the kitchenette".
This next round is open to all.
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by Steven » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:55 pm

Hi,

The song with a character who may have the most extreme case of conflicted emotions
towards another person (within the entire L.C. song catalogue) is?
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by B4real » Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:20 am

Good morning Steven,
Just off the top of my head this comes to mind -

I will kill you if I must, I will help you if I can.
AND
I will help you if I must, I will kill you if I can.

~ Story Of Isaac
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by holydove » Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:20 am

Hi Steven,

I'd think Famous Blue Raincoat might be a candidate. . .
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by Steven » Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:53 pm

Hi B4real,

Great pickup on "Story of Isaac" and the lines you quoted in regards to the question.
Had considered the song and the difficulties that would, one might think, ensue for Isaac.
(First considered Isaac's possible problems years ago when I encountered the biblical story
and hadn't yet heard the song.) The lines quoted indicate a mishmash of emotions that are
conflictive. (They might get compartmentalized to be congruent with the nature of the
"uniform" mentioned in the song.) Your answer is as correct as the one that I had in mind.
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by Steven » Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:55 pm

Hi holydove,

Yes, "Famous Blue Raincoat" is the song that I was looking for.
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by holydove » Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:10 pm

Thanks, Steven.

Next: name 2 songs with lyrics that make reference to a need to abandon a certain societal convention, for the sake of pursuing another compelling need, or perceived mission, in one's life.
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Re: L.C. Song Hunt

Post by holydove » Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:37 pm

Maybe this clue will help: the societal convention that I mentioned, has to do with a lifestyle that is quite familiar to all societies, but it has emerged in somewhat different forms, in different cultures & in different eras; & the lyrics involved would comprise at least 2 lines (or 1.5 lines in one of the songs), in each of the 2 songs, in order to convey the idea (of abandonment of the convention for the sake of other pursuits).
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